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Offline Kenisis

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Desert X 2010/11 5 Weeks To Go!
« on: September 11, 2010, 09:42:11 pm »
Desert X 2010/11 In The UAE.

Hi there all Wild dogs.

Last year I bought my first ever “Plastic Bike” a CRF 450 X from  Chris Jackson that had completed the 2008 Desert challenge on the bike and I decided with a friend of mine Lloyd to start riding in the dunes around Dubai for some fun. Being a Pocket Rocket lover this was a totally new experience for me!

Lloyd and I at Fossil Rock.

The Dirt where i learnt to respect my Plastic Bike

We met some other “week end warriors” and found out that a lot of them were taking part in “Baja” events. It sounded awesome but in the same breath I Karked myself and decided not to race the end of the 2008/9 season but rather to try my hand at the next season. I have posted some videos and pic`s from the last season.

The Boys day out in the dunes

My Bike.

Pictures During one the Race.

The Bivouac and Camp Sites.

Awesome Racing terrain in Arjan near the start of the empty Quarter

So now having raced the last Season and I must admit going to watch the UAE Desert challenge I was majorly Jaggs(Excuse the spelling) to take part in the next UAE Desert challenge. So bearing this in mind I started my preparations for the 2010/11 Desert X Season and hopefully or Insha’Allah as they say here I will be going all the way to the Desert Challenge. Blue Bull you are my inspiration for this one!

Scenes from the Prologue!

Mark Ackerman

The Plan
My first plan of attack was to ride with a faster crowd. So I teamed up with a Mate, Phillip Van der Walt and we planned to ride every (Almost every) week end through the summer. This entails waking up at 03:30 in the morning and getting to our starting point before the sunrises and set off as the sun sets. All this to avoid a little heat. Starting off the Temp is around 36 Deg C and usually climbs to around 44 Deg when we finish. Any later and it would be 48 Deg. Not a joke at all.

“50 Phil”

Riding with Phil has definitely improved my average speed through the desert. I was riding at around 42Km/h Ave and improved to around 50Km/h. It doesn’t sound like a lot but bearing in mind that the Pro`s like Sean Gaugain, Mark Ackerman and James west run at about 60 Km/h Ave it’s not bad. Please bear in mind that I have only been off-roading now 18 months.
My Second Plan of attack is to get fit. I think I totally underplayed this as I deemed myself overweight but riding Fit. Now that is one major underestimation from my part. Now I am very lucky to have 2 motivators or life coaches. Phillip and Mark. Both are Nuts about riding and both are very competitive. They both gave me the Pep talk I needed and prior to my summer vacation back in Cold SA. The Plan is to do some Spinning or RPM as they call it here and then Rowing. Then to cap it off with a week end ride.

It’s been 3 weeks of training now and I can honestly say I feel great. The tally of what I have done is as follows.

Type    Duration   Ave HR   Peak HR   Cal Burnt
19 August 2010   Bicycle Ride   40`12"   150   161   515
21 August 2010   Desert ride   2:06`20"   122   157   996
22 August 2010   Bicycle Ride   37`08"   148   161   451
24 August 2010   RPM   58`33"   147   171   721
25 August 2010   RPM   59`16"   146   169   705
26 August 2010   Bicycle Ride   27`01"   146   158   333
28 August 2010   RPM   54`55"   140   161   658
28 August 2010   Desert ride   2:38`26"   143   166   1344
30 August 2010   Bicycle Ride   33`26"   140   157   397
30 August 2010   RPM   42`57"   141   161   519
01 September 2010   RPM   51`40"   144   166   667
05 September 2010   Rowing   56`58"   139   166   697
06 September 2010   RPM   50`38"   143   162   659
07 September 2010   Rowing   46`56"   150   168   689

My Third plan is to get up to date with all my safety gear and navigation. I bought myself a new Shoei Helmet and Alpinestars Boots. I am planning to get myself a pair of Asterix Knee braces at the end of this month then I have the best of everything with regards to safety.

I bought myself a new Garmin Foretrex 401 as my old GPS has a nasty habit of turning itself off during a race and there is nothing more irritating than not knowing where you are going.

All in all, things are on track now to go forward with this season. There is currently 5 weeks to go and I hope to give you guys updates of everything as it unfolds.

Do you guys want stats on my Training and maps etc of the training rides that I will be doing?
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Offline Skaiidawg

Re: Desert X 2010/11 5 Weeks To Go!
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2010, 07:30:53 am »
Hi Al

Glad to see you are getting ready for the Baja, the same is happening here. I will be seeing you there and its like you are saying, I am as excited as a young boy before getting his first bike.
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Offline Kenisis

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Re: Desert X 2010/11 5 Weeks To Go!
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010, 03:23:45 pm »
Hey Skaiidawg.

We are planning a ride out in Sweihan where we had the first two Baja`s last year in the next week or two.

let me know if you would like to join. It gives you a better idea of what you will be subjected to. Lets just say the Triangle is a little Easy.


2012 KTM 990 Adventure
2015 KTM Rally Replica
2016 Husqvarna FE 450
2017 Husqvarna FC 450